2013 Lexus LS 460 OVERVIEW
The LS, or Luxury Sedan, lineup debuted in late 1989 as a 1990 model year in the LS 400 form. After many years of growth in the market, the LS series grew to become the LS 460, beginning in the 2007 model year. The LS 460 enters the 2013 model year with a new body in hopes to better compete with its European rivals.
For the 2013 model year, the LS 460 features Lexus’ signature spindle grille and a more aggressively styled body, making look the part of a modern luxury sedan. On the inside, the driver gets a new instrument panel and a high-resolution 12.3-inch navigation screen to better see where he is heading. Under the hood, the LS 460 carries over the same 4.6-liter V-8 engine from the 2012 model year, but added a little extra power. This engine now puts down 386 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque in rear-wheel-drive models. In all-wheel-drive models, the engine is detuned to 360 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque.
The 2013 LS 460 comes in a pair of trim levels: Base and L. The base model is as loaded up as anyone would expect from a premium sedan, featuring things like leather interior, premium sound system, navigation, power seats, and so on. The L trim level is a long-wheelbase mode for a little extra cabin space, but it also sprinkles in a few extra features.
For the 2013 model year, the LS 460 has plenty of competition. One main competitor is the 2013 Audi A8, which features a standard 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 333 horsepower, premium leather seating, and tons of luxury. Next up is the 2013 Jaguar XJ Sedan, which comes with a 340-horsepower, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine, leather interior and monster sound system. The 2013 BMW 7-Series comes with a stout 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that tosses 315 horsepower to the ground, and features high-end interior amenities, like leather interior, a 600-watt stereo system and 14-way power seats.
The Lexus and its aging V-8 engine have a lot of work ahead to fend off the up-and-coming V-6 powered European models.